Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Jindie Nails: Got Glitter?

I have to say, I love me some glitterbombs. I recently made my first purchase from Jindie Nails, and it included the lovely glitterbomb, Got Glitter?

Got Glitter? is a mix of lots of different glitters in a clear base. There are hexes, bars, diamonds, squares, and even some stars in a variety of colors. Some of the glitters are holo which really makes this glitterbomb special.

The glitter was quite dense; this is two coats layered over ORLY Flirty. The glitter dispersed evenly, although the polish itself is quite thick.

Overall, I'm happy with this polish! I can't wait to try out my other Jindie polishes. Jindie Nails can be purchased from her Etsy shop.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Happy Hands: Afternoon Thunderstorms

England has been fantastic so far! My only complaint is the weather - it's been awfully snowy, and I think the sun has been out for a total of 6 hours or so. In honor of the gray weather, I have another polish by Happy Hands to show you. This one is called Afternoon Thunderstorms. 

Afternoon Thunderstorms is a light gray creme with matte black hex glitters in various sizes. It also has a subtle golden shimmer.

To conserve polish, I layered this over Alexandra's "Hot" Gray, a light gray creme by Brucci. I used just one coat of Afternoon Thunderstorms. The polish went on smoothly, and the glitter distribution was nice and even.

I think the golden shimmer makes this polish really interesting! It really does evoke the image of thunderstorms.

Happy Hands can be purchased from their Etsy shop.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

HARE Golden Years + Scale Nails

I have another HARE polish for you today! This one is called Golden Years.

I layered two coats of Golden Years over one coat of Yoga-ta Get This Blue by OPI. I didn't want a single colored mani, so I decided to add some accent nails on my index and middle fingers. I again started with a base of Yoga-ta Get This Blue, but I forwent Golden Years in favor of a scale pattern.

But first, let's talk about Golden Years. It's a mix of blue, turquoise, gold, and greenish glitters suspended in a dark blue base. The glitter was a bit less dense than I usually expect for HARE, but it was still quite dense. Application was effortless.

For the accent nails, I used a dotting tool to create the scaly look. I also used the following polishes:
China Glaze Glittering Garland
China Glaze Exotic Encounters
OPI Curry Up Don't Be Late
Sinful Colors Innocent

As usual, I love this HARE polish. And I think the accent nails are cool too :) HARE Polish can be purchased from her Etsy store or from Llarowe.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Snowflake Glitter Gradient

Sorry for the delay in posting, but I've been quite busy the past few days. Today, I arrived in Sheffield, England! I'll be spending a semester abroad at Sheffield Hallam University, so it's been a really crazy week of preparation and travel for me. I'm really tired since I didn't sleep on the plane (essentially pulling an all-nighter), but I'm excited and really glad to be relaxing in my new apartment right now. Obviously, since I'm abroad, I won't have my full collection of nail polish with me for the next few months. I have a decent amount with me, so I hope to post as often as possible :)

Anyway, on to the polish.

I haven't really seen any snow so far this winter (until this morning when I arrived in England), so I elected to put some on my nails instead!

I started with a base of China Glaze Blue Bells Ring, a pretty blue with a silver shimmer/frost. Then I used a snowflake design from a Bundle Monster plate (I forget which one!) and used Konad Special Polish in White to stamp a snowflake onto each nail. I wanted to place them a bit randomly, but the snowflakes were rather large. Then I used a makeup sponge to add a gradient of China Glaze Glistening Snow. To make the gradient a bit smoother, I used China Glaze Fairy Dust, which is essentially just a less dense version of Glistening Snow. Yay holo glitter!

I'm really proud of how well the stamping came out! I'm usually not too good at it.

And that's all for today :)

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Lynnderella: Witch Cauldron Was It?

Let me preface this post by saying that I have lusted after Lynnderella's Cauldron Drippings forever. But every time it popped up on eBay, it was just too expensive to justify. So when Lynnderella re-released a new formulation of Cauldron Drippings, I caved immediately.

And so without further ado, I present Witch Cauldron Was It?, an updated version of Cauldron Drippings.

I started with a base of Nicole by OPI Fresh Squeezed, an orange shimmer. I decided to also do an accent nail, so I used Essie Sexy Divide on my ring fingers. Then I layered just one coat of Witch Cauldron. Look at that glitter density!

Witch Cauldron is mix of a myriad of glitters suspended in a clear base. Most of the glitters are orange, but there are some green, purple, and gold glitters as well.

As is the norm for Lynnderella's, the polish went on smoothly even though it's incredibly dense with glitter. I didn't have to do much to get the glitters in place.

Please excuse the Band Aid - my finger was still recovering from a nasty run-in with some scissors!

This polish definitely lived up to my expectations. It's so lovely! Lynnderella polishes can be purchased from her eBay store.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Galaxy Nails

I got an A in my astronomy class this semester! I'm not particularly science inclined, so this is an accomplishment :) I had been meaning to try galaxy nails for the longest time, so this seemed like a good occasion to try them.

They didn't come out exactly like I'd imagined, but I'm pleased with them nonetheless. They're relatively easy to do. I started with a black base, then used a makeup sponge to dab on blobs of white, purple, and blue. I used a sponge to add some glitter, then used a dotting tool and white polish to make some stars.

I took quite a few pictures of these nails. You can see those as well as a list of the polishes I used after the jump.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

New Year's Glitter Gradient

Happy New Year! I hope you all had fun on New Year's Eve :)

2012 was a pretty good year for me, but here's hoping that 2013 will be even better. I'll be going abroad next semester, so I think 2013 will be filled with awesome new experiences.

For my New Year's Eve nails, I wanted something sparkly.

I started with two coats of Sephora by OPI in Hell To The No, a purple with golden shimmer. It's such a lovely color; it's a shame it was limited edition. I thought gold glitter would complement the gold shimmer, so I reached for China Glaze Champagne Kisses, a find gold glitter with holo particles. I painted that on with a nail art brush and used the brush to drag the glitter down my nail. After that, I added Milani Jewel FX in Gold in the center of my nails for some added glitter. I used two coats of Seche Vite to make it all smooth.

I really love all of Milani's glitters. They're so lovely, especially for their price point.

You can really see the shimmer in Hell To The No in that close up!

I love how sparkly these are; they're just what I wanted for New Year's Eve.

I hope 2013 treats you all well!